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Forbes 100 celebrity ranking: Rankings are generated by combining earnings with other metrics: Web mentions on Google press clips compiled by LexisNexis; TV/radio mentions by Factiva; and number of times a celebrity's face appeared on the cover of 32 major consumer magazines.
2010 2008 Name Category Pay ($mil)
1 1 Oprah Winfrey Talking Head 315
2 4 Beyonce Knowles Musician 87
3   James Cameron Director/Producer 210
4   Lady Gaga Musician 62
5 2 Tiger Woods Athlete 105
6   Britney Spears Musician 64
7   U2 Musician 130
8   Sandra Bullock Actress 56
9 6 Johnny Depp Actor 75
10 21 Madonna Musician 58
11 22 Simon Cowell Personality 80
12   Taylor Swift Tween Star 45
13 35 Miley Cyrus Tween Star 48
14 19 Kobe Bryant Athlete 48
15 7 Jay-Z Hip-Hop Impresario 63
16   Black Eyed Peas Musicians 48
17   Bruce Springsteen Musician 70
18 3 Angelina Jolie Actress 20
19 59 Rush Limbaugh Talking Head 58.5
20 18 Michael Jordan Athlete 55
21 30 Dr. Phil McGraw Talking Head 80
22 13 Steven Spielberg Director/Producer 100
23 71 Ellen DeGeneres Talking Head 55
24 15 David Letterman Talking Head 45
25 42 Tyler Perry Director/Producer 125
26 17 Jennifer Aniston Actress 27
27   Pink Musician 44
28 16 LeBron James Athlete 43
29 23 Roger Federer Athlete 43
30 10 Brad Pitt Actor 20
31   Floyd Mayweather Athlete 65
32 45 Donald Trump Personality 120
32   Michael Bay Director/Producer 50
34 32 Jay Leno Talking Head 35
35   Coldplay Musicians 48
36 5 David Beckham Athlete 44
37 25 Jerry Seinfeld Actor 75
38   AC/DC Musicians 114
39 41 Howard Stern Talking Head 70
40 89 Jonas Brothers Tween Stars 35.5
41   Tom Hanks Actor 45
42 46 George Lucas Director/Producer 95
43   Glenn Beck Talking Head 35
44 62 Ryan Seacrest Personality 51
45 20 Phil Mickelson Athlete 46
46 55 Ben Stiller Actor 53
47 48 Jerry Bruckheimer Director/Producer 100
48   Cristiano Ronaldo Athlete 36
49 24 Alex Rodriguez Athlete 36
50   Robert Pattinson Actor 17
51   Conan O'Brien Talking Head 38
52 39 Shaquille O'Neal Athlete 31
53 58 James Patterson Author 70
54   Kenny Chesney Musician 50
55   Manny Pacquiao Athlete 42
56 31 Tom Cruise Actor 22
57   Adam Sandler Actor 40
58   George Clooney Actor 19
59   Stephenie Meyer Author 40
60 14 Cameron Diaz Actress 32
61 69 Serena Williams Athlete 20
62   Rascal Flatts Musicians 45
63 85 Charlie Sheen Television Actor 30
64   Derek Jeter Athlete 30
65   Lance Armstrong Athlete 20
66   Kristen Stewart Tween Star 12
67   Toby Keith Musician 48
68 33 Sean (Diddy) Combs Hip-Hop Impresario 30
69 34 Stephen King Author 34
70 72 Sarah Jessica Parker Actress 25
71 44 Leonardo DiCaprio Actor 28
72 40 Judge Judy Sheindlin Personality 45
73   Robert Downey Jr Actor 22
74   Lil Wayne Hip-Hop Impresario 20
75 60 Reese Witherspoon Actress 32
76   Keith Urban Musician 27.5
77   Julia Roberts Actress 20
78 87 Steve Carell Television Actor 34
79   Meryl Streep Actress 13
80   Akon Hip-Hop Impresario 21
81 61 Maria Sharapova Athlete 25
82 64 Daniel Radcliffe Tween Star 25
83   Venus Williams Athlete 15.5
84   Ray Romano Television Actor 35
85 66 Gisele Bundchen Model 25
86 78 Heidi Klum Model 16
87   Drew Barrymore Actress 15
88   Alec Baldwin Television Actor 8.5
89   Kiefer Sutherland Television Actor 20
90 99 Tina Fey Television Actress 7.5
91 83 Kate Moss Model 9
92 92 Eva Longoria Parker Television Actress 12
93   Jeff Dunham Comedian 22.5
94   George Lopez Comedian 18
95 73 Katherine Heigl Television Actress 15.5
96   Danica Patrick Athlete 12
97   Kate Hudson Actress 11
98   Chelsea Handler Comedian 19
99 96 Jennifer Love Hewitt Tv Actress 6.5
100   Mariska Hargitay Tv Actress 9.5
People in the top 25 in 2008 not in the 2010 list
  8 The Police Musicians 115
  9 J.K. Rowling Author 300
  11 Will Smith Actor 80
  12 Justin Timberlake Musician 44
Source: Forbes
Note: In 2010 the combined "talking head" and "personality", we've left them separate.

Totals by category:
32 Actor/Actress
18 Athlete
13 Talking Head/Personality
11 Musician
6 Director/Producer
5 Musicians
5 Tween Star
4 Hip-Hop
4 Author
3 Model
3 Comedian

Others:
Bill and Hillary Clinton's income averaged $13.9 M from 2000-2008.


Links:
The World's Most Powerful Celebrities - Forbes
100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012 | ranker.com
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last updated 11 Feb 2009